Review: Lenovo IdeaPad S205

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Review: Lenovo IdeaPad S205

The Lenovo IdeaPad S205 is a small and light laptop, but in order to keep this machine highly portable, some compromises have been made.

At just 1.4kg and with a dinky 11.6-inch screen, the IdeaPad S205 looks more like a netbook than a laptop. It’s designed to be as portable as possible, and you barely even notice it when the compact body is stashed in your bag.

Thankfully, it’s solidly constructed, with only a slight hint of flex. We certainly weren’t worried about it breaking when we threw it into our backpack and wandered around town.

The plain black design of the interior is nothing special, although we liked the unusual and subtle boxy pattern on the lid. Despite the reduced size, the IdeaPad is still surprisingly chunky.

This is due to the battery, which protrudes from the rear of the machine and pushes it upwards. As a result, this laptop is almost as thick as the 17.3-inch Toshiba Satellite C670D. However, that raised rump means the keyboard is tilted at a more comfortable angle for typing.

Lenovo has managed to fit an isolation-style keyboard on to the compact body, which is perfect for touch-typing thanks to the gaps between the keys.

Some sacrifices have been made – such as the squashed Shift, Tab and Return keys – but the best has been made of the tiny space. However, we did get annoyed at the indented Ctrl key, which we constantly miss-hit when using Windows shortcuts.

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The palmrests are understandably slim, so your palms dangle off the bottom when you’re typing. It’s a minor quibble, although the slender palmrests also means the touchpad is pretty small. Still, considering the shrunken chassis, the IdeaPad is surprisingly usable.

Basic performance

However, in our benchmarking tests we found the Lenovo was seriously lacking power, like the much bulkier Toshiba. In fact, the IdeaPad uses the same AMD processor as the Toshiba, and matches its 4GB of memory. The result is very basic performance.

Thankfully, we had no problem running office software, browsing the web and so on. The integrated graphics can also cope with standard-definition movies and you can edit your photos with simple design packages.

However, when we tried watching a high-definition film it came out as a slideshow presentation, displaying a frame every few seconds. Only basic web games such as Bejewelled actually ran at an acceptable framerate. That said, if all you need is a laptop for checking emails, enjoying your family photos and running basic software, and you value portability over performance, this laptop may be the one for you.

Not only is it slim and light, the battery lasts for over three hours when watching movies and for over four hours when browsing the web.

We’re also impressed that Lenovo has crammed 500GB of hard drive space into the tiny chassis.

TechRadar Labs

Tech labs

Battery Eater ’05: 182 minutes
Cinebench: 2193
3DMark 2006: 2232

This is enough space to last most users years, and only the Acer here offers more storage. A 5-in-1 memory card reader can be used for extra space.

To sum up, if you need a budget machine for regular travel, the Lenovo is the best options. However, if you’d prefer a laptop with a bit more power, and are willing to carry something a little chunkier and heavier, the Acer Aspire 5742Z will suit you more.

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Lenovo IdeaPad V560 15.6″ WiMAX Laptop Now on Sale

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Lenovo’s IdeaPad V560 15.6-inch affordable WiMAX notebook for small business users is now available for purchase in the USA.

The IdeaPad V560 is offered for $549.99 at Best Buy, which is currently the only place where you can order the laptop. Besides built-in WiMAX mobile broadband an Wi-Fi connectivity, the V560 model features the Intel Core i3-370M 2.4GHz processor, Intel integrated graphics, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 500GB hard drive with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed, and a DVD burner. The display resolution is 1366 x 768 pixels, but we don’t know if it’s glossy or anti-glare.

According to the product page, the laptop has a battery life of up to 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Lenovo’s V560 also includes a 1.3MP web camera, fingerprint reader, three USB ports, an eSATA/USB combo connector, 4-in-1 media card reader, and Gigabit LAN port. It doesn’t feature HDMI output. We assume that it has a VGA port.

Although it belongs to the IdeaPad consumer laptop line, the 5.4-pound V560 has a simple business-class exterior.

For a more portable version, you can check the 14-inch IdeaPad V460, released a couple of months ago.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U260 12.5″ Ultraportable Leaked

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Lenovo is going to release the IdeaPad U260 ultraportable laptop, featuring a 12.5-inch display and Intel’s ultra-low voltage processors, according to leaked info.

The IdeaPad U260 weighs 3.04 pounds and is 0.71-inch thick. It will reportedly ship with the Core i3 or i5 ULV CPUs, 4GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, and a 4-cell battery for “4 hours of runtime”. The unusually sized 12.5″ screen has a 720p resolution and anti-glare coating.

There are also HDMI and VGA outputs, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The U260 has a case made of magnesium-aluminum alloy and will be available in brown and organge colors.

There’s no word on pricing and availability date at the time of this writing.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Z565 15.6″ AMD Laptop Now Available

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Lenovo has released the 15.6-inch IdeaPad Z565 affordable multimedia laptop.

Unlike the Intel-based Z560, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z565 features AMD’s processors. Available models in the U.S market have the Turion II P520 2.3GHz or N530 2.5GHz dual-core CPUs, ATI Radeon HD4200 integrated or Radeon HD5470 512MB discrete graphics, 4GB of DDR3 memory expandable to 8GB, 320GB of hard disk space, and a DVD burner.

The 15.6″ LED-backlit display has a resolution of 1366×768 pixels.

The IdeaPad Z565 includes a 0.3MP web camera, stereo speakers, mic, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, three USB ports, an Express Card slot, a 5-in-1 digital media reader, and HDMI and VGA outputs.

It weighs 5.7 pounds with its standard 6-cell battery which provides “up to 4.5 hours” of run time and comes with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS.

Prices of the Lenovo IdeaPad Z565 range from $619.99 to $698.80, depending on model.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 Now On Sale

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Lenovo’s recently released 15.6-inch IdeaPad Z560 entertainment laptop is now on sale.

The IdeaPad Z560 offered by Lenovo.com comes with the Intel Core i3-350M processor at 2.26GHz or i5-450M at 2.4GHz, Intel HD integrated or NVIDIA GeForce 310M 512MB dedicated graphics, 3GB or 4GB of RAM, a 320GB or 500GB hard drive, a DVD writer, 1366×768 LED-backlit display, a chiclet-style keyboard, Bluetoooth, HDMI output, and Windows 7 Home Premium OS.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 starts at $739.

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Lenovo Announces IdeaPad Y560d 3D Laptop

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Lenovo has announced the 15.6-inch IdeaPad Y560d, the company’s first notebook with a 3D display.

The entertainment-oriented IdeaPad Y560d features the TriDef 3D technology solution with a 3D screen, software and glasses, the Intel Core i7-620M processor, switchable graphics combining an integrated GPU and the ATI Radeon HD 5730 1GB dedicated video card, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, up to 750GB HDD, optional RapidDrive 64GB SSD, and optional Blu-ray optical drive.

According to the press release, Lenovo Enhanced Experience RapidDrive technology “seamlessly combines SSD and HDD storage solutions to deliver even faster Windows 7 boot-up times and significantly improve application performance”.

Lenovo’s 3D laptop also includes JBL speakers, Dolby Home Theater surround sound, 802.11n WiFi, optional Bluetooth, and an HDMI output.

The IdeaPad Y560d runs Windows 7 Home Premium OS and will be available by the end of June for a starting price of approximately $1,199.99.

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New Laptop with NVIDIA Ion

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The Lenovo IdeaPad S12 netbook models with the NVIDIA Ion multimedia-oriented platform are now available for purchase.

The Ion-based IdeaPad S12 features a 12.1-inch 1280×800 display, a 256MB dedicated graphics card supporting full HD video playback, the Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz CPU and Windows 7 OS. The first two released models – the 29595FU and 295954U – include 2GB and 3GB of DDR2 RAM and 250GB and 320GB hard drives, respectively. Both netbooks have a 6-cell battery, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a black chassis.

Lenovo’s IdeaPad S12 29595FU and 295954U are priced at $599 and $649, respectively at Lenovo.com.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U150 – A Ultraportable Laptop

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Lenovo has released the IdeaPad U150, a new 11.6-inch ultraportable laptop.

The Intel CULV-powered IdeaPad U150 measures 0.75-inch thin and weighs under 3 pounds. The first two released models are the red U150 690968U featuring the Intel Pentium Dual-Core SU4100 1.3GHz CPU, 3GB of DDR3 memory, a 250GB hard drive, and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, and the black U150 690969U with the Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 at 1.3GHz, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 320GB HDD, and 802.11n Wi-Fi. Both Windows 7 Home Premium-based notebooks come with 6-cell batteries and do not have built-in optical drives. Their displays use LED backlight and have a resolution of 1366×768 pixels.

Lenovo’s IdeaPad U150 also sports a 1.3MP web camera, stereo speakers, a multi-touch trackpad, HDMI and VGA outputs, two USB ports and an eSATA/USB combo port, a multi-in-one media card reader, and a LAN port.

The IdeaPad U150 690968U and U150 690969U are priced at $699 and $849 respectively at the Lenovo online store.

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Lenovo Thin-and-light 13-inch Laptop

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Lenovo’s recently announced IdeaPad U350 thin-and-light 13.3-inch notebook, based on the Intel CULV platform, can be purchased now.

Starting at 3.52 pounds, the Lenovo IdeaPad U350 features the Intel Pentium SU2700 ultra-low voltage processor at 1.3GHz, the GMA 4500M integrated graphics, up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, and up to 320GB of hard drive space. The notebook doesn’t include a built-in optical drive.

Its glossy display uses LED backlight and has a resolution of 1366×768 pixels.

The U350 also sports a full size laptop keyboard, a multi-touch trackpad, a 1.3MP web camera and a microphone, stereo speakers, Dolby Home Sound Room technology, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, a Gigabit LAN port, three USB ports, a 4-in-1 media card reader, and HDMi and VGA outputs.

It comes with a 4 cell battery that provides “up to 5 hours” of run time, according to the product specifications.

Lenovo’s super-slim notebook, that measures 0.7 inches at its thinnest point, has a black top surface with square weave texture.

The IdeaPad U350 runs Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit OS.

Customers can order it at Lenovo.com for a base price of $679.

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New Laptop: Lenovo Ideapad Y450

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I introduced Lenovo Ideapad Y550 before, Lenovo has released the IdeaPad Y450, a 14-inch laptop for consumers.

The IdeaPad Y450 is a smaller sibling of the Y650 and the upcoming Y550. The new laptop features Intel’s Pentium or Core 2 Duo processor, GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics or the NVIDIA GeForce G 105M 256MB dedicated video card, up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, up to 320GB of hard drive space, a DVD burner, 802.11n WiFi, and a Bluetooth module in one of the offered models.

The 14″ LED backlight display has a resolution of 1366×768 pixels and a 16:9 aspect ratio.

According to Lenovo’s earlier announcement, the Y450 also features Dolby Home Theater surround sound, a web camera, and a multi-touch touchpad.

The latpop starts at $679.00 at the Lenovo website.

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